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ISL 2018-19: Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United | Match Preview, Predictions, Live Streaming & Where to watch details

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Miku's absence has burdened Sunil Chhetri
Miku's absence has burdened Sunil Chhetri

The football fans of Bangalore have their head down after a very long time, following a 1-0 defeat to the Islanders in the Indian Super League. The Blues will look to compensate for their first loss of the season with a spirited show against NorthEast United at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium of Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Live commentary: Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United Live Score | Commentary and Updates

The club which has earned the name of the 'Best Football Club in India' was a pale shadow of itself when Bengaluru played Mumbai City a few days ago. Carles Cuadrat and his boys struggled in all departments in Mumbai, losing the momentum in attacks and coordination at the defence. Despite that, BFC cannot be disregarded for one single defeat. Although the loss has demoted them to the second spot on the table with 27 points from 12 games, BFC have played a game less than table-toppers Mumbai City FC.

NorthEast United have been steady, right from the beginning of the season - a place in the playoffs. It has to be admitted that the Highlanders have flared well beyond expectations this season. Under Eelco Schattorie, NorthEast United have won 6 and drawn 5 to collect 23 points from 13 matches. A win in this fixture would be crucial for the club, owned by John Abraham, as they can clear out the gap between BFC and secure their semi-final birth with these 3 points.

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Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United: Match Information

Date: 30 January 2019

Kickoff: 7:30 PM IST

Live Stream: Star Sports Network and Hotstar

Live commentary: Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United Live Score | Commentary and Updates


Venue: Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru

Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United: Team News

Bengaluru FC

While Nishu Kumar remains out with an injury, Miku is expected to be back in the field within two weeks. Hermanjot Khabra, who was played out of position against Mumbai City will be brought back to the midfield if Rino Anto makes a start in place of Kean Lewis.

NorthEast United

NorthEast United have the whole squad available without any injuries or suspensions.

Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United: Probable Lineups

Bengaluru FC (4-2-3-1): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Juanan, Albert Serran, Rino Anto, Harmanjot Khabra, Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Udanta Singh, Xisco Hernandez, Sunil Chhetri

NorthEast United (4-4-1-1): TP Rehensh, Reagan Singh, Mato Grgic, Mislov Komorski, Robert Lalthlamuana, Redeem Tlang, Jose Leudo, Rowllin Borges, Federico Gallego, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Bartholomew Ogbeche

Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United: Form Guide

Bengaluru FC: L-W-D-D-W

NorthEast United: W-L-D-D-D

Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United: Head-to-Head

Bengaluru FC: 2

NorthEast United: 0

Draw: 1

Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United: Key Players

Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru FC are still awaiting the return of their star striker Miku. The striker's absence has burdened Sunil Chhetri, who will once again be the target man. The Indian skipper hasn't been at his best recently for the club. This can also be pointed to his midfielders who aren't at their best. However, after the first defeat of the season, the 34-year old will have to bear the responsibilities alone once again.

NorthEast United

NorthEast United have a true midfield general in their line-up in the form of Rowllin Borges.The Goa-born player has the ability to contribute equally in defence and offence. Borges has scored 2 goals this season. He has also maintained a passing accuracy of 83%, apart from making 42 successful tackles. The 26-year old can be used as a box-to-box player and a midfield maestro, winning possession and delivering sharp passes upfront.

Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United: Predictions

Bengaluru FC would be keen to get back on track, particularly before the home crowd. But, things won't turn easy for BFC before the NorthEast challenge coming after a win against Chennaiyin FC. An exciting match with a number of goals can be expected, which might end a draw.

Predicted Score - Bengaluru FC 2:2 NorthEast United